Geography

Overview of the Subject

There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geographers are also highly employable.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 Geography, we aim to deliver a varied and challenging curriculum to suit multiple learning styles. Our purpose is to encourage a passion for our subject alongside developing excellence of character. We instil and cultivate the skills required at GCSE from the start, with an equal balance of opportunities for fun. Pupils study a combination of aspects of both physical and human Geography with units about the UK and the wider world. They also study elements of fieldwork to develop their geographical skills. This is to enable them to access GCSE content, as well as inspiring in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Our Geography curriculum will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. 

The Geography curriculum at Meopham School aims to develop character by ensuring that all pupils:

  • Develop their knowledge of the location of globally significant places and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions and processes of key physical and human geographical features of the world;

  • Can collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data that deepens their understanding of geographical processes;

  • Can interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs;

  • Can communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and through extended writing.

The scheme of work for Key Stage 3 is organised so that pupils can enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding. They focus on the environmental regions of multiple countries and continents, their key physical and human characteristics, and major cities. They study differences and links between places through the study of human and physical geography of specific regions around the world.

In Key Stage 3 pupils are offered guided choices in tasks of varying difficulty to promote progress for all. This lends itself to opportunities for all abilities to work independently, as well as in mixed groups, and to promote progress through the teaching and coaching of each other. This improves their resilience, reflectiveness, resourcefulness and reciprocity skills. The scheme of work has a careful balance of extended writing opportunities, coupled with decision making tasks and fieldwork opportunities to promote pupils’ ability to become well-rounded individuals. There are also a wide range of stretch tasks available every lesson to challenge pupils.

 

Key Stage 4

A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our curriculum equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

The curriculum in Key Stage 4 enables our young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens. Students are provided with the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. Their understanding of geographical processes is deepened, they understand the impact of change and of complex people-environment interactions and they will be able to highlight the dynamic links and interrelationships between places and environments at different scales.

There is an emphasis on the development of students’ competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches. Pupils are able to build on their Key Stage 3 knowledge and skills to:

  • apply geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real world contexts, including fieldwork, and to contemporary situations and issues;

  • develop well-evidenced arguments drawing on their geographical knowledge and understanding;

  • broadening and deepening understanding of locational contexts, including greater awareness of the importance of scale and the concept of global;

  • extend their locational knowledge and to develop competence in maps, fieldwork and Geographical skills. 

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How will I be assessed?

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Geography B consists of three externally examined papers. Students must complete all assessments in May/June in any single year.

Paper 1: Global Geographical Issues

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

37.5% of the qualification: 94 marks

 

Paper 2: UK Geographical Issues

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

37.5% of the qualification:  94 marks

 

Paper 3: People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

25% of the qualification:  64 marks

 

What is the name of the examination board?

Edexcel Geography specification B